Bonster (180) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Procured from a recent trip to florida where I brought one suitcase for carrying back Cigar City beer (and some others not available in NJ). The appearance is similar to that of their regular IPA, if not a shade darker. Big fluffy head sits on top of a hazy amber brew. Hop aroma is subdued by the white oak, which compliments it wonderfully. Added vanilla to aroma. Little active carbonation when compared to the non aged variety. I never tasted a wood aged beer at all similar, which is a good thing. The white oak compliments and tones down the bite of the hops. Having a hard time describing all the flavors. Very good.
PartyFowle (299) - - APR 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Burning orange hue, dark yet mostly clear, with an off-white head sticky as marshmallow fluff. The aroma has aged citrusy hops, dill, sharp oak and dried oregano. Flavor is packed with juicy hops -- orange juice, lime, pineapple -- along with vanilla, caramel and slightly tannic oak. The barrel is smoothly integrated, enhancing the underlying brew in a way I donít usually find with oak-aged IPAs. Creamy medium body; peppery CO2. Very nice, complex and unique flavor.
rdixon77 (1403) - Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating. Love this one. Dark orange-red. Plenty of citrus juicy hops but tempered by s creamy vanilla presence from the oak. Less bitter than most IPA. Some vinous aspects as well. Excellent all around.
Berard (413) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours murky dark orange with creme colored head that lingers. It tastes like, well, oak.
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beechner224 (823) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at cigar city. Pours a copper orange color, white head. Strong mix of hops and oak in the nose. Taste follows, lots of oak in this batch. Nice beer.
AndyReynolds (1024) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - FEB 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can thanks to the bearded TJ. Punch in the face with citrus slight oak notes, orange. Flavor brings the oak forward, really bringing the orange out.
JHeath99 (1306) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours an orangish dark amber with a thin layer of off white head. Aroma and taste of hops, citrus, oak that brings a hint of booze with it.
Bule (1071) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz can pours a yellow amber color with a bit of head. The oak is overbearing and harsh in both flavor and aroma. Not enjoyable.
mikedevilsfan (223) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very interesting beer. Very little head, color is a dark orange almost red. Aroma is very strong chardonnay. Smells wonderful. Taste is very little IPA even though this is the base. Hard to describe the flavor, almost in a unique category. Immediate bright taste with a smooth malty flavor, some hops as an accent and a dry wine finish. Very interesting.
ericdevin (985) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from unknown via Justin D. Pours an ominous amber-orange brown, lots of fluffy head. Aroma resinous with a touch of caramel, and maybe a hint of the suggested vanilla, definitely not as dank as the OG Jai Alai. Body arch and slightly sweet, with the oak definitely coming through in a the finish, dry yet slippery, with a warming sweetness. This is pretty nice.
AmericanSpirits (8) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iíve always enjoyed white oak, and I would like to give a rating of a previous vintage, but this is my first rating, and itís of the 2014. Oak presence has diminished greatly. Has usual tasting notes of itís regular ilk, and a pronounced sharpness that previous entries were so renowned for lacking. Itís a good beer, it just used to be a great one.